Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pipe Dreams in Pennsylvania?

Marcellus Shale: Pipe dreams in Pennsylvania?
A region is discovering that the price of the economic boom from natural gas drilling may be irreversible environmental damage and residents' peace of mind.

...[W]ith nearly 700 Marcellus wells drilled throughout the state, the environmental costs of drilling are becoming clear. The gas in the Marcellus "play" may ameliorate the United States' energy needs, but the technique to extract it has damaged streams, water supplies and Pennsylvania's famous forests. It has transformed some of the state's most beautiful landscapes into industrial zones and brought hardship to some who thought it was their lifeline.... 'The regular folk out here will never see the compensation they deserve, and their original water supply is forever gone,' Switzer said. 'I'm never going to make any money on this. All I've lost is my soul.'"

Read the article in its entirety in the Bay Journal from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

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